Loving The BITE: Powerhouse of Detoxifying Super Awesomeness

Punch #3, Increased Cellular Detoxification & Gastrointestinal Immune Support: Lastly, cauliflower’s phytochemicals also include a group that works directly on cellular detoxification – both Phase 1 and Phase 2 cellular detox.   These phytochemicals belong to the glucosinolates group, and include glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian.  Add to it cauliflower’s high content of fiber, which directly promotes gut health and therefore indirectly promotes improved immune function, and you’ve got yourself a serious health promoting vegetable.  If you want to include more detox vegetables along with your cauliflower, add Brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage, Broccoli, and Kale.  All fine cool-weather foods.

And, taste?  Cauliflower rice is delicious. Imagine my dietitian delight when I look across the table to see my kids eating a stir-fry that includes both cauliflower rice and stir-fried broccoli.  Double the cellular detox. Oh yeah!

So how might this affect your ride?  While cycling absolutely makes us healthier is most every aspect, athletes’ cells deal with a lot of junk, too.  Extra oxygen and nutrient turnover, more free radicals, more cellular damage, likely more time out in the sun, and a lot of physical stress.  You can give yourself a helping hand by pouring on the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxifying nutrients found in many vegetables…like cauliflower (and not like white rice).  Go ahead and eat grains at dinner a couple times per week, but consider subbing in some extra vegetables on the other evenings.  Healthy, detoxifed cells await.

Fuel Your Ride. Nourish Your Body.

 

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  • Tim Starry
    • http://twitter.com/fuelright Kelli Jennings

      Hi Tim, Thanks for the link. One thing to point out is the “detox diets,” which are touted to detox the colon and often promote fast weight loss via dehydration, extrememly (non-sustainable) low calories, and even diuretics and laxitive use, are not the same as “cellular detox.” Many vegetables, like cauliflower and broccoli, have nutritive compounds in them that support the reduction of oxidative stress and harmful chemical at a cellular level. Since “detox” has become a buzz word in nutrition, it’s often thrown around without enough explanation. This detox is cellular. I don’t generally promote long-term use of a colon detox.

  • Jan

    I always think that I know a lot about food and nutrition and then I read one of your articles and learn something new.
    This recipe looks really good. Thanks for the added information.

    • http://twitter.com/fuelright Kelli Jennings

      That’s the great part about whole-food nutrition. There’s so much to learn about them! :) You’re very welcome, Jan. I hope you enjoy!

  • AmandaGaleKotyk

    Okay, this is now a must-try for me. I don’t normally like the taste (or maybe it’s the texture) of cauliflower, but this sounds amazing!

    • http://twitter.com/fuelright Kelli Jennings

      I’m totally hooked. I make a batch, with a whole cauliflower head every week and it last us for 3 meals + some to freeze. It makes quite a bit, and you can have as much as you want. I hope you like it!